Oregon State men's basketball on Tuesday announced the signing of Roman Silva to a National Letter of Intent.
Silva, a, a 7-foot-1, 265-pound center from Rancho Cucamonga, California, is already on campus. He is eligible immediately and will have three years to play two seasons.
“Roman will be a big, physical presence for us in the paint,” Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said. “He’s a great rim protector with his size and length. We feel he’s an inside threat on both ends and will give us great depth at the center position. He’s a high-level student from a great family, and we are very excited to add him to our team.”
Silva attended San Bernardino Valley College last season and was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division Co-Player of the Year. He averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots and shot 62.8 percent from the field, while leading the team to a 22-7 record and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division championship.
Silva graduated from Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Calif., in 2016 with a 4.5 grade-point average. He was named a three-star recruit by ESPN and selected the CIF Division 3AA Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots as a senior.
He signed with Texas at El Paso in 2016 but didn't play at the school.
Silva attended Cooper International Academy prep school in 2017-18 and averaged 25.1 points, 15.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots.
He played at San Bernadino Valley College last season, averaging 16.1 points while shooting 62.8 percent from the floor, with 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
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Picking the top five of any all-time list, at least in my experience, is fairly easy and the selections are generally obvious. Beyond that, it can become challenging. I found that to be the case as I chose 15 players for an Oregon State men's basketball all-time team.
OSU has five two-time All-Americans — Mel Counts, Cliff Crandall, Dave Gambee, Steve Johnson and Charlie Sitton — so I felt it necessary to include all of those athletes, regardless of what era they played in. From there, it became more difficult, though there were some no-doubt selections such as Gary Payton and A.C. Green.
The last few picks were challenging because Oregon State has had many talented players come through the program. Gary Payton II and Mark Radford were the last two to make my list.
I formed this all-time team based on the players' college accomplishments. There are several players not on the team who had better professional careers than they did with the Beavers.
***The players are not listed in any particular order. It's just a list, not a ranking order.***
Selecting the coaches was relatively straightforward. Amory "Slats" Gill and Ralph Miller are both in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
I hope you enjoy taking a look at my list.
Pictured above: Beaver great Gary Payton, seen here in 2015, was a collegiate national player of the year in 1990.
Johnson, a 6-foot-10 center from San Bernadino, California, still holds the NCAA all-time record for career field goal percentage at .678 and single-season field goal percentage (.746, 1980-81).
He was a consensus All-American and the Pac-10 player of the year as a senior in 1981, averaging 21 points and 7.7 rebounds. He was also an All-American in 1980.
Johnson went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA with seven different teams, including Portland.
A 6-foot-8 forward from McMinnville, Sitton was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-conference selection. The Beavers reached the NCAA tournament three times and won 78.8 percent of their games in his four years.
Sitton is the fifth-leading scorer in program history (1,561 points) and ranks fourth all time in field goal percentage (.575).
He played one year with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
A 6-foot-2 guard forward from Astoria, Crandall was Oregon State's first player to score more than 1,000 points. He led the program to two conference titles and to the 1949 Final Four.
Crandall was also OSU's first two-time All-American. He averaged a career-high 12.1 points as a senior, which included a 30-point game versus California.
A 6-foot-7 forward from Corvallis, Gambee was twice an All-American during three-year Oregon State career. He held the program's career mark with 1,468 points and is now sixth in that category.
Gambee had five 30-point games in his career and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds against Northwestern on New Year's Eve in 1955.
He played in the NBA for 12 seasons — averaging in double-figure scoring in seven those — while playing for seven different teams. He won an NBA championship in 1967 with the Philadelphia 76ers, his third team in the league.
Counts, a 7-foot center from Coos Bay, was a two-time All-American, MVP of the 1963 NCAA West Regional and twice the MVP of the Far West Classic.
The Pac-12's all-time career rebounding leader (1,375), he had 15 college games of 20 rebounds or more. Counts averaged a school-record 26.7 points in the 1963-64 season.
Counts played 12 years in the NBA with six different teams and won two titles with the Boston Celtics, the team that drafted him in 1964.
A 6-foot-4 guard from Oakland, California, Payton was Sports Illustrated's national player of the year and a consensus All-American first-team during his senior year in 1990. He was also the Pac-10 player of the year that season.
Payton was named to the Pac-10's all-decade team for the 1980s. He's the conference's all-time leader in assists and steals. He's sixth all-time in Pac-12 scoring and holds the school record with 2,172 points. His 58 points against USC on Feb. 22, 1990 is the school record and third in conference history.
Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He was taken second overall in the 1990 NBA draft. He was named to the all-defensive team nine times, selected defensive player of the year in 1996, was a nine-time all-star and won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Jarvis, a 6-foot guard from Roseburg, was a 1965 All-American as a senior. He helped the Beavers to the 1963 Final Four and the NCAA tournament again the following year.
Jarvis was an all-conference pick and selected to the NABC all-star game in 1965. He was a color analyst on OSU basketball's cable broadcasts in the early 1990s.
Jarvis was selected in the 1965 NBA draft and played two seasons in the ABA with three different teams.
A 6-foot-4 forward from Michigan and a transfer from Monterey Junior College, White was a 1966 All-American and also named to the all-AAWU first team that season.
He helped the Beavers break UCLA's long streak of conference titles in 1966. He led the team in rebounding his first season and was part of the country's top scoring defense in his second season.
Boyd, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bakersfield, California, was named an All-American in his senior year in 1972. He was twice a team MVP and twice the MVP of the Far West Classic.
He led the Beavers in scoring and assists in two straight years and ranks second in program history in assist average (6.7). Boyd ranks fifth and sixth in single-season assists.
Boyd was the fifth overall pick in the 1972 NBA draft and was named to the all-rookie team the following season. He played six seasons in the league and later was an Oregon State assistant coach.
Blume, a 6-foot-4 guard from Portland, made the All-American team in 1980 and was a two-time Pac-10 first team pick. He appears nine times on the school's top-10 career lists, including third in total steals (205) and fourth in steals average (1.85).
Along with fellow OSU all-timers Steve Johnson, Charlie Sitton, Lester Conner and Mark Radford, Blume was part of the 1980-81 team that was ranked No. 1 in the country. He helped the Beavers to consecutive Pac-10 titles.
He played one season in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.
A 6-foot-4 guard from Oakland, California, was an all-American and the Pac-10 MVP as a senior in 1982. He helped OSU to two conference championships.
Conner set the school's single-season record for steals at 91, which is now second. He had seven steals in four different games. He ranks second in steals per game (2.47) and fifth in assists per game (4.55).
He played 12 years in the NBA with a total of seven different teams.
Green, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland, received all-American honors twice, as a third-team pick in 1985 and to the honorable mention in 1984. He was a three-time all-conference pick and the Pac-10 player of the year in 1984.
His .657 field goal percentage for the 1983-84 season ranked fourth in the country. In school history, he ranks fourth in scoring, second in rebounds and third in field goal percentage.
The NBA's "Iron Man" played 1,192 games in the league, more than anyone in NBA or ABA history. He won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named to the 1990 NBA All-Star Game.
A 6-foot-10 center from Cayey, Puerto Rico, Ortiz was a 1987 all-American and the Pac-10's player of the year that season. He was a two-time all-conference first team pick.
His 19.8 points-per-game average is third in school history. He's also third in blocks per game 1.40), fifth in field goal percentage (.557) and fifth in rebound average (8.7). He scored 30 or more points five times, including a career-high 38 against San Jose State in 1986.
Ortiz played two seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.
A 6-foot-3 guard from Seattle, Payton helped Oregon State to its first NCAA tournament in 26 years during his senior year in 2016. He was a two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year.
He led the Beavers in points, rebounds and assists during his senior year. The only other player in school history to accomplish that is Lester Conner. Payton is also the second in program history with a triple-double. The other is his father, Gary Payton.
Radford, a 6-foot-4 guard from Portland, was an all-conference section in 1981, averaging 13 points per game during one of the top seasons in Oregon State history.
On OSU's career lists, Radford is fifth in steals, sixth in field goals made, seventh in assists and nine in scoring.
He later played two NBA seasons with Seattle.
Ralph Miller, coach (1970-89)
Miller, who finished his career at Oregon State, led the Beavers to eight NCAA tournaments and four conference titles in 19 seasons in Corvallis. He retired as the second-winningest coach in Oregon State history at 359 wins and sixth in NCAA Division I history with 674.
Miller was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. He was twice named the national coach of the year.
He had five Oregon State teams that were ranked in the top 10 nationally. His 1980-81 team was ranked first for eight weeks.
Slats Gill, coach (1928-64)
Gill guided Oregon State to six NCAA tournaments and 10 conference titles while at the school. His 1963 team reached the Final Four. He is Oregon State's all-time winningest coach with 599 victories.
Gill was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968. He was sixth on the all-time wins list at his retirement in 1964. Oregon State's basketball arena, opened in 1949, was named for him after his death in 1966.
He also played three years of varsity basketball at Oregon State and was named an all-American in 1924.
The 6-foot-6 guard from Danville, California, averaged 21 points per game as a senior and was an all-Pac-10 selection.
The 7-foot-3 center from Portland averaged 21.1 points and 12.8 rebounds in his two-year career.
The 6-foot-11 center from Beaumont, California, was a two-time all-Pac-10 selection and is OSU's career leader in blocks.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Tigard was a two-time all-conference pick who led the Beavers in points and rebounds in two straight seasons.
The 6-foot-8 center from Honolulu was a 1947 all-American and three-time all-conference selection.
The 6-foot-8 center from Bakersfield, California, was an all-conference player who led the Beavers in scoring and rebounding two straight seasons.